For this Pentecost service we hear Liturgist Steve Nelson, Rev. Marge Palmer, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry, and Katherine Stutz read in turn from Acts 2:1-21. Steve Nelson also reads from Corinthians 12:4-14. For his sermon Henry compares the story of Pentecost with the story of the City of Babel or Tower of Babel (Genesis 11:1-9). Both stories start with the gathering of people. According to Henry, the story of Babel is not about trying to punish the people for their lack of respect to God. Instead it... Topics: PCUSA, Stone Church, Willow Glen, San Jose
For Epiphany Sunday, guest preacher Rev. Dr. Bob Butzinger reflects on the story of Jesus and how One is definitely greater than any one. Then he speaks on the importance of ecumenism and calls us to tolerate, appreciates, and love the people and religions with whom we differ and may disagree. Liturgist Jeannette Rap reads from Ephesians 3:1-6, and Rev. Dr. David McCreath gives the charge and benediction. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, San Jose, Presbyterian, Christian, Sermon
After starting with a rousing children's song of "Bind us Together" Rev. Dr. Ken Henry reads from John 17:11-26. This confusing passage, Henry explains, is a prayer, Jesus farewell prayer. "Prayers are not about making sense; they are a language of the heart; they are the deepest longings in our souls, they are the place of honest conversation with our maker." The message in Jesus' prayer is that we belong to the greater power and sphere of God's love. It is this love that... Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, San Jose, PCUSA, Christian, Presbyterian
âInocuous torture is an oxymoronâ ~Dharwati Blackwood. To mark June torture awareness month, Dharwati Blackwood gives us a brief glimpse of the torture her husband suffered in the hands of the South African Government for his protests during apartheid. Dharwati asks us to speak for those who cannot speak for themselves and to work for the eradication of all torture. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, Presbyterian, San Jose
Did you know the word travel comes from the word travail? With this sermon Rev. Dr. Ken Henry embarks on a multi-part series exploring journeys. Liturgist Walter Roach reads from Genesis 28:10-19a. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, San Jose, Presbyterian, San JOse
When Jonah was called by God, Jonah did exactly opposite of what he had been asked to do. Rev. Dr. Ken Henry asks us to ponder "God is calling me to ____________" and encourages us to put ourselves out there, to follow that call. Liturgist Carol Campbell reads from Mark 1:14-20. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, San Jose, Presbyterian, San Jose
Drawing from diverse sources such as Luke 14:25-33, John Mayer's "Something's Missing" (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogInSvYfjHw) and even a front page article "Midlife Crisis in the San Jose Mercury news Rev. Dr. Ken Henry illustrates that even with everything we have, something is missing, the purpose for why we are here. People in their 40s and 50s fear loosing assets more than they fear dying. We're living in a time of overload. Do you appreciate the benefits that... Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, San Jose, Presbyterian
When the people of Israel were taken into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon, they did not know what God had in store for them. In her sermon, Rev. Marge Palmer reflects on plight of these Israelites and how it applies to our situation today. Liturgist Steve Nelson reads from Jeremaih 29:1,4-7. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, San Jose, Presbyterian, San Jose
Do you want to be on top, to be right? Even when you've clearly made a mistake and you and the people around you both suffer? In this second in his sermon series on "Journeys" Rev. Dr. Ken Henry explores the journey of redemption, reconciliation, and forgiveness. Liturgist Donald Foster reads from Matthew 18:21-35. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, San Jose, Presbyterian, San JOse
In Mark 8:27-38 Jesus asks "Who do you say I am?" Rev. Dr. Ken Henry reflects on this by asking "What do we say about the Church?", "What is Stone Church about?", and "How do others see us?" Liturgist Alice Bailey reads from Psalm 19:1-14 and Mark 8:27-38. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, San Jose, Presbyterian, San Jose
Preaching from Hebrews 12:18-29, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry speaks on facing fears in our own lives. Liturgist Pamelah Landers reads from Luke 13:10-17. Topics: PCUSA, Presbyterian, Stone Church, Willow Glen, San Jose
Rev. Marge Palmer preaches on Mark 8:27-38. Reflecting on our roles as Christians in a post-Christian society. As liturgist, Fred Oliver reads Proverbs 1:20-33, and Psalm 19. Topics: PCUSA, Christianity, Mark 8, Presbyterian, Rev. Marge Palmer, Stone Church
Returning from a life changing trip to Hazard, Kentucky, the members of the mission team share stories from their experience. Liturgists Kate Wheatley reads from Amos 8:1-12, and Donald Foster reads from Luke 10:38-42. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, San Jose, PCUSA, Presbyterian, Christian
Exploring Psalm 72, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry asks, "How do we assess the leadership of Kings or Presidents?" Should the church or the clergy speak about politics? Psalm 72 reminds us that a king or president should speak up when things are unfair. Yet, speaking up comes at great risk. Those who dare to lead need our prayers. Executive Presbyter, Presbytery of San Jose, Rev. Joey Lee reads from Matthew 3: 1-12 and Psalms 72:1-7, 18-19. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, San Jose, Presbyterian, Christian
What gives us life? What gives us meaning and purpose in life? In John 15 Jesus tell us "I am the true vine.... Abide in me as I abide in you." In his sermon, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry tells us that although other activities and interests can give purpose to our lives, eventually they stop feeding us and may even feed on us instead. If you're withering, Henry says, maybe Jesus has something to say to you. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, San Jose, Presbyterian, Christian, Sermon
After reading from Acts 17:16-27, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry gives us a taste of the Areopagus in Athens. This is where Paul spoke to the elite intellectuals of Athens who had a hunger for a new God and a new way to believe. Henry turns his focus to the 17 - 30 year old group of people today who are similarly hungry to talk about God. He says it's time for Christian voices to enter into the market place of ideas. Liturgist Meredith Wright reads from Isaiah 40:21-31. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, San Jose, PCUSA, Christian, Presbyterian
All you need is the faith of a mustard seed to do the impossible. Rev. Dr. Ken Henry speaks about the power of faith from Luke 17:5-10. He also reminds us while we try for the impossible, we need to take care of and serve the people around us. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, San Jose, Presbyterian, San Jose
For this consecration Sunday, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry starts with Acts 16:16-34 where Paul and Silas are imprisoned for helping a slave posessed with a spirit. Henry asks "Where does God fit in my real life?" The Guacamole players join Henry and perform their final skit from the Stone Church Refectory. Henry also reads from Luke 21:1-4. In his sermon Henry refers to the Colin Hay "Waiting for my real life to begin." Listen to his song at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m4tcRlHY-3Q Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, San Jose, Presbyterian, San JOse
In 1 Kings 17 as the drought continues and the Wadi runs dry Elijah travels to Zarepath to lodge with an impoverished widow and her son. Elijah tells the widow not to fear, her flour and oil will not run dry until the rain returns. In reflecting on this, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry asks, what will you do when your river runs dry? What will you do when you're down and out and God asks us to do something harder? Henry advises us to take a leap of faith and put our lives in Gods hands. Liturgist John... Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, Presbyterian, San Jose, 1 Kings 17, Mark 12
On this Easter Sunday, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry uses the the story from Luke 24, "The Road to Emmaus" in encouraging the rekindling of our faith. Liturgist Judy West reads Luke 24:13-31. Topics: stone church, willow glen, Ken Henry, san jose, presbyterian, pcusa, christian, Caryl Westerberg
In Mark 7, Jesus calls the Pharisees hypocrites for their finding fault with the disciples eating with unwashed hands. Rev. Dr. Ken Henry uses this and other passages from Mark 7 to show how Jesus' ministry is against anything that excludes others and puts people to shame. Using the analogy of Jesus as the bread of life, Rev. Henry emphasizes that everyone is welcome to the bread, and there is no place for shame. Liturgist Alice Thorn reads from Jeremiah 31:31-34. Topics: Ken Henry, Stone Church of Willow Glen, Mark 7, Presbyterian, Christian, PCUSA
Second in the series on the Beatitudes, Guest preacher Rev. Scott Dalgarno speaks on "Blessed are Those who mourn." Liturgist Pamelah Landers reads from 2 Samuel 18:24-33. Topics: John 12, Scott Dalgarno, Beatitudes, PCUSA, Stone Church, Willow Glen, San Jose, Caryl Westerberg
Rain comes and droughts do end. Rev. Dr. Ken Henry follows his 6/6 sermon "When the Wadi Runs Dry" with this sermon examining when the prophet Elijah predicts the end of the drought. Liturgist Fred Oliver opens with a reading from 1 Kings 18:41-46. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, Presbyterian, San Jose, 1 Kings 18
'We respond to the grace of God with reckless, Extravagant Love.' ~ Elder Jane Odell. Speaking from Luke 7:36-8:3 where a woman of ill-repute recklessly expresses herself by washing Jesus feet with her tears, drying them with her hair, and anointing them with oil, Elder Jane Odell explores the our devotion to rules with our need for grace and expression. Topics: Stone Church, Willow Glen, PCUSA, Presbyterian, San Jose, Luke 7, Galations 2
Preaching from Luke 9:28-45, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry reflects on the transfiguration of Jesus. Although the transfiguration provides a glimpse of the glory of God, Henry emphasizes that it is not about what happens to Jesus; it's about what could be for humanity and for our church. Liturgist Ruth McCreath reads from 1 Cor. 13, and Luke 9. Topics: Luke 9, Ken Henry, Transfiguration, PCUSA, Stone Church, Willow Glen, San Jose, Caryl Westerberg
In this memorable service focusing on the cinema and Jesus, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry regales us during the children's sermon with his movie of Jesus, and a subsequent visit from Jesus. In his sermon Henry contrasts the cinematic "action hero" with the biblical pacifist Jesus. This sermon is accompanied with show tunes played by pianist Leroy Kromm. Liturgist Roland Neufeld reads from John 20:19-31. See the associated video at: http://blip.tv/file/3478257/ Topics: stone church, willow glen, Ken Henry, san jose, presbyterian, pcusa, christian, Caryl Westerberg
In his sermon, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry reflects on Pharaoh's closed heart when Pharaoh refuses to let the Israelites leave Egypt in the book of Exodus. For the children's message Rev. Henry uses the story of the Stubborn Bear to help illustrate the closed heart. As liturgist, Rev. George "Skip" Herbert reads from Exodus 10. Topics: PCUSA, Christianity, Exodus 10, Presbyterian, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry, Stone Church of Willow Glen
Reflecting on Rev. 7:9-17, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry explains that We're all going to suffer some time. Even Jesus suffered on the cross. Henry goes on to discuss how to find strength when we are suffering, and how do we give strength to those around us that are suffering. Ellen Bailey gives a moving account of some of her suffering and how those around her gave her strength. Liturgist Rhonda Lakatos reads from Ezekiel 34:11-16. Topics: PCUSA, Stone Church, Willow Glen, Christianity, Presbyterian, Suffering, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry, Caryl...
In part 1 of a 4 part sermon series, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry examines how we as Presbyterians connect with marginalized people. Kathryn Stutz reads from Luke 15:1-7, and Acts 8:26-31. Topics: PCUSA, Presbyterian, Stone Church, Willow Glen, San Jose, Christian, Ken Henry, Caryl Westerberg
In this Lenten series on the beatitudes, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry examines the context and meaning behind Jesus' words, "Blessed are the Poor in Spirit." Liturgist Claudia Hamm reads from Deuteronomy 28:1-10 and James 2:1-8. Topics: James 2, Deuteronomy 28, Matthew 5, Ken Henry, Beatitudes, PCUSA, Stone Church, Willow Glen, San...
In this post-Thanksgiving sermon, guest preacher Rev. Joey Lee, Executive Presbyter, San Jose Presbytery explores the stories that define us. He compares the stories of Jonah(Jonah 1:4-6), Jesus in the boat (Mark 4:35-41), and the Titanic with that of the Mayflower and its pilgrims. The Titanic ends with lifeboats, whereas the Mayflower ends with a banquet. Liturgist Maureen Searing reads Mark 4:35-41. Topics: PCUSA, presbyterian, christianity, Joey Lee, Caryl Westerberg, Jonah 1, Mark 4, Stone Church,...
2 Samuel 11 provides the story of King David and Bathsheba. Rev. Dr. Ken Henry uses this story and similar stories of people in power and their stories of failure to consider how to respond to such events. As Jesus says, we should forgive not seven, but seventy times seventy times. Liturgist Lizanne Oliver reads from 2 Samuel 11:1-17. Topics: PCUSA, presbyterian, christianity, Ken Henry, Caryl Westerberg, 2 Samuel, King David, Bathsheba,...
In his last sermon in his series on King David, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry speaks on the last words of David, 2 Samuel 23:1-7. Henry asks, how does someone get to be a leader, a king? Although David had his flaws, why is David considered the greatest king in Israel's History? Henry also asks what are our last words. Liturgist Chris Nilson reads Revelation 1:4b-8, and John 18:33-37. Topics: PCUSA, presbyterian, christianity, Ken Henry, Caryl Westerberg, 2 Samuel, King David, Last Words,...
"What you eat is what you are." Rev. Dr. Ken Henry draws from Proverbs 4:10-23 discussing the importance of careful care and feeding of the heart. Liturgist Walter Roach reads Colossians 3:12-17. Topics: Ken Henry, Stone Church of Willow Glen, Proverbs 4:10-23, Colossians 3:12-17, Presbyterian,...
In this season of advent, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry asks us to let go of our expectations of an idealized Christmas and let God take central place. Henry also gives his review of the movie "Blind Side." Rev. David McCreath reads Luke 3:1-6. Topics: Malachi 3, Ken Henry, PCUSA, Presbyterian, Luke 3, Stone Church, Willow Glen, San Jose, CA, Caryl...
In the first part of a three part series on King David, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry uses the king of entertainment, Michael Jackson, as a comparison to King David. Both are incredibly talented; both have sketchy personal lives. Speaking on 2 Samuel 6, where King David dances with all his might before the ark of the covenant, Rev. Henry encourages us to dance, even in the face of criticism and danger. Liturgist Judy West speaks from Mark 6. Topics: 2 Samuel 6, Ken Henry, Caryl Westerberg, Dancing, King David, pcusa, presbyterian, Stone Church,...
Rev. Dr. Ken Henry explores the disparity between our culture, values, and beliefs to the those in the new testament, focusing on Colossians 1:15-20. Topics: PCUSA, Christianity, Stone Church, Willow Glen, San Jose, CA, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry, Colossians 1:15-20
Rev. 21 & 22 give a vision of heaven as a city of gold with gates of pearls and the river of the water of life flowing through the city. In his sermon, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry reflects on this vision as it applies to his and our lives. Rev. Marge Palmer reads from Isaiah 25:6-9. Topics: Ken Henry, Marge Palmer, Caryl Westerberg, Isaiah 25, Rev 21, Rev 22, PCUSA, Christianity,...
Drawing from the joy Paul displays in Philippians 1:1-11, 4:4-7 Rev. Dr. Ken Henry culminates his sermon series on the heart with this last sermon "Rejoicing in the Heart." Liturgist Jan Keifer reads from the Ezekiel 11. Topics: Philippians 1, Philippians 4, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry, Rod Thorn, Caryl Westerberg, Stone Church, Willow...